Making A Display Of Himself

| DC, USA | Right | May 4, 2017

(We sell high end antiques, specializing in furniture. A woman comes in and is very interested in a table we have. However she wants her husband’s approval prior to making such a large purchase. Later that afternoon, the husband comes in.)

Husband: “My wife wants me to look at a table.”

Me: “Ah, yes, right over here. Let me tell you about this piece…”

(I tell him what I know about the history of the piece while he walks around it, then he nods. It seems like an easy sale.)

Husband: “If it’s what she wants, we will take it. Is there any way we can have it delivered tomorrow?”

Me: “Of course. Let me get some information from you for the delivery.”

(While I’m ringing him up and getting his delivery information, the backroom employees start padding the table to be moved. The husband notices this and gets angry.)

Husband: “Oh, don’t tell me you’re going to try to give me the display.”

Me: “The… display?”

Husband: “The table that you have out! You’re trying to pass off the one that’s been out on the floor.”

Me: “Sir, it’s a custom made item that 150 years old. It’s the only one of its kind in the world.”

Husband: “What? I don’t want something used! You know what? Cancel the sale!”

(He huffs out while I’m still standing confused. An hour later, I get a phone call from his wife.)

Wife: “I’d like to arrange buying that table and apologize for my husband. Sometimes, he is a profound idiot.”

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